The pollution level in Delhi reached 482 AQI on 2nd November 2023 due to which the government decided to close physical classes of all the government and primary private schools (Nursery to Class 5) for 2 days, i.e., on Friday and Saturday. Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal announced this decision on Thursday night. However, for teachers and school staff, the school will remain open.
In all MCD and related schools, classes will be held through online mode. Therefore, the school syllabus will continue as expected.
The Chief Minister of Delhi, posted on micro-blogging platform X, and quoted, “In light of the rising pollution levels, all govt and private primary schools in Delhi will remain closed for the next 2 days.”
Scientists have further predicted that air quality will remain severe and can also further increase over the next two weeks. Hence, it is better to avoid any outdoor activities during the upcoming days till the pollution level starts decreasing.
According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, the capital’s air quality worsens mainly due to vehicular emissions, stubble burning and construction activities. Moreover, there is a very less green cover in the city and only a few people care to grow air purifying plants in their homes.
Moreover, nowadays, artificial air purifiers are also available in the market that can be used in homes to improve indoor air quality. Some of the recommended air purifiers for people of Delhi are PHILIPS High Efficiency Air Purifier AC2887/20, Honeywell Air touch V3 Indoor Air Purifier and SHARP Room Air Purifier FP-F40E-W.
According to the recommendation from The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), the government has imposed a ban on demolition works, constructions, vehicle movement on unpaved roads, waterproofing and painting work, road constructions, etc. to curb the severe air pollution in Delhi till further notice.